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Artist Spotlight: Sandra Hawkins

Often, the spotlight eludes excellent artists who aren’t showing with the right galleries, or for that matter, any gallery. So…here’s an off-the-radar artist who is doing lovely, sensitive work about place and memory.

All photos courtesy Sandra Hawkins.

We met Ottawa-based artist Sandra Hawkins M.E.S., B.F.A., C.F.A., B.A. soc. through Facebook, and have been interested in her work for some time.

Now she will be showing an installation and series of prints @Reference, on Queen Street West in Toronto next door to the Drake Hotel, for three days from Tuesday, March 30 until Thursday April 1.

All photos courtesy Sandra Hawkins.

The exhibition, titled Ecology of Narrative Space, is an ongoing investigation into “the simultaneity of filtered memory and time, and the intersection of personal and institutional identity.”

Billed as “a contemporary discussion on global warming and filtered memory”, we like the way she is able––like Peter Doig did so successfully in his early work––to convey memory in a still image. She uses similar techniques as Doig, a layering of imagery.


Hawkins has showed her work internationally and lived and worked in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in 1980 and 1982 during which time she visited Central Arctic communities now part of Nunavut.

Hawkins is a 2010 K.M. Hunter Award nominee by the Ontario Art Council and the Ontario Art Foundation for contributions to her field.

We recommend checking out her show.


Special Event: On Thursday evening, April 1st, this exhibition is on the West Queen West Art + Design Walking Tour.
Click HEREfor more info.

More info on Hawkins’ work, including paintings and photographs, can be found on her website, HERE.

One Response to “Artist Spotlight: Sandra Hawkins”

  1. Barbara Mitchell says:

    Sandra’s photographic work has a beautiful sense of the lightness of air, of the gentleness of light when it is soft and renders things evocative to the eye. The overlaid script is deftly layered with a subtle unobtrusive touch, as if a quiet counterpoint of music to the central theme. The emotions are stirred but not jangled by her work, and one feels a nostalgic recognition of the places without being shattered by memory.

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